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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

John Paxson, when asked if the Bulls were committed to building around Jimmy Butler moving forward: "Right now, today, Jimmy's on our roster," Paxson said. "And Jimmy's under contract for two more years. He is a terrific player. You guys know, this league is fluid. Things can change quickly. But again, we have such great respect for Jimmy and his value in this league and his value is extremely high. If people think there's an opportunity to get him they have to know that they can't come and try to throw something out there that we would never do. I've always felt this way about team building and a team in general: There's very few guys who you build around, ok? This is a team game. You build with players. We are building with Jimmy right now, ok. We think Cam Payne is the type of guy that can come in and take some of the ball-handling load off of Jimmy ... but I'm a very firm believer that maybe outside of handful of guys that have ever played this game, you build with players, not around one."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley's lawyer, Frederick Nance, says Oakley came to the Knicks-Cavs game tonight as his guest. "When the Cavs learned we were coming, Dan Gilbert invited us to sit with him," Nance said in a text message.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr says Zaza Pachulia will start and David West will play against the Clippers. Both are back from injury

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

After spending the first five minutes together, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis each get turns as the 5-man in switchable small-ball lineups. Each of the Pelicans' All-Stars have 8 points and 2 blocks.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets Trevor Ariza has tipped four passes tonight, covered Anthony Davis and grabbed two rebounds in the opening quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After one quarter in New Orleans, Lou Williams has made his impact for the Rockets. He made two corner 3s on his first two shots. Houston holds a 30-28 lead over the Pelicans.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley is seated next to owner Dan Gilbert in Cleveland tonight for Knicks-Cavs. He said he's rooting for a good game tonight and also said he's rooting for the better team but didn't have much to say about his feud with Knicks owner James Dolan. When asked if things had cleared up between he and the Knicks, Oakley said, "How long would it take you to get over something?" Oakley's lawyer, Frederick Nance, said Oakley would have more to say at the appropriate time.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Dante Cunningham is the first player off the Pelicans' bench, subbing out DeMarcus Cousins. Pelicans back to the old small-ball look they've used in recent weeks. Cousins has 6 points and 2 rebounds thus far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley is in the house for Cavs-Knicks, sitting next to Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Huge ovation for DeMarcus Cousins from the crowd at the Big Blender ahead of his Pelicans debut. Anthony Davis still gets the final spot in starting lineup intros. Ryan Anderson, meanwhile, receives some booing in his firs game in New Orleans since leaving this offseason.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley sitting court side in Cleveland for the Cavs-Knicks game tonight.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle: "In Justin Anderson Philadelphia has acquired a high class person and multiple position player who has made great strides over his first 2 years. We thank Justin for his hard work and commitment to the Dallas Mavericks culture and wish him the best."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle: "Nerlens Noel gives us something we desperately need - - a young big who is a high-level rim protector and lob threat and has a high basketball IQ. We look forward to getting him to Dallas and integrated with our team as soon as possible."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets Lou Williams said he wasn't prepared to play against the Pelicans tonight but coach Mike D'Antoni said he needed him. "It's a little change of mindset here, I thought I was going to come in and get acclimated but coach said I'm active and I'm active and I'm ready to go," Williams said. "I've been around the block before its basketball."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ex-Knick Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R., is ready for Charles Oakley's arrival at Knicks-Cavs tonight.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans' new starting lineup: Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Deron Williams: "It was great having Deron and his family back home in Dallas for the better part of 2 seasons. At this time the decision has been made to focus on playing our young guys, and the organization felt that giving Deron the freedom to choose his next team was the right thing to do. Deron still plays at a high level and I believe he will be a difference-maker for a contending team down the stretch of this season. We wish him and his family the very best."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Griffin said that imaging done on J.R. Smith's right thumb during the All-Star break showed positive progress. "He seems to be doing very well," Griffin said. "I'd say he's on schedule, maybe slightly ahead of schedule. These things are always, surgeries are difficult to come back from because you well at different times from different things and things that weren't bothering you before in the rehab process start to. We'll see. He seems to be doing really well. I didn't realize he could throw a baseball quite as well as he does, but other than that, he's pretty good."